Everything that I could want from a low angst listen – the audio version is fantastic. Storyline-wise, this probably would’ve been a 4-star read for me, but the audio was so good that it pushed my rating higher. It’s under 6 hours and easy to devour in one sitting, with a feel good story that is sure to put a smile on your face. I LOVE it when characters meet in unexpected ways and start falling before they meet face-to-face, so I was hooked from the first page. It’s a dialogue-heavy story with tons of banter and lighthearted moments. Short and sweet with no steam, this is a fun, easy rom com that is best appreciated in audio.
The story jumps right in with the banter, as our heroine receives a voice text from someone she wasn’t expecting. Though she knows who sent the message – his number is programmed into her phone, after all – Eliot only knows that he meant to send the message to someone else. As the two begin exchanging messages, they realize that they’re both insomniacs who appreciate a little human interaction in the middle of the night. And as their messages get a little flirtier, Eliot becomes desperate to find out who his mystery woman is. Since her number is programmed into his phone (as a random string of letters), Eliot must know the woman – but he’s completely stumped about who it could be.
Initially, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read or listen to this quick and easy rom com, so I started up the audiobook (included for free with my subscription) and opened the ebook sample online. Interestingly, the two versions are not exactly the same. The ebook version has more physical cues, while the audio is mostly dialogue and human interaction. The audio is far superior, with its duet narration and movie-like feel. I closed my eyes a few times, and it honestly felt like I was listening to a romantic comedy from the big screen. Both narrators did an outstanding job, and Eliot was giving me major Ted Lasso vibes. I don’t say that lightly either, but both the hero’s voice and upbeat, sweetheart of a personality make it a natural comparison. On the other hand, our heroine is not quite a grump, but she is a combat boot-wearing, tattooed and pierced woman who is fully capable of taking care of herself. The opposites attract dynamic worked, and the playfulness of the story was better for it. As a quick and easy rom com, this doesn’t delve too deep and is definitely meant to be binged in one sitting, but I sincerely enjoyed it from start to finish.
It’s officially booty o’clock, I’m alone again in my kitchen choking down a slice of terrible chocolate cake…and I’m pretty sure I just got drunk texted by the man I have a ginormous crush on.
I’ve been daydreaming about Eliot Hoffman’s dimples for two months, and even though I’m sure this was a mistake on his end, it doesn’t mean it’s not an opportunity on mine.
It’s the middle of the night, and I just wanna talk to him. So I text him back.
And then somehow we keep talking . . . ALL NIGHT. We’re both insomniacs, so talking all night soon turns into talking EVERY night. And talking about nothing soon turns into talking about something. And here we go from in-depth analysis of reality TV to my relationship with my family, to his amazing artwork. There’s no topic we don’t cover . . .
Except for who I really am.
It’s the only question of his I won’t answer.
As my crush turns into an avalanche of Eliot, I think of him all the time now. But if he knew who I was, the entire house of cards we’ve built this relationship on would come toppling down.
I want him to be mine, but we might never be more than just a sweet dream . . .
About the Author:
Cara Bastone is a full time writer who lives and writes in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t crippled by their own masculinity.
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